Melanie Teplinsky

A graduate of Princeton University (A.B., cum laude, '96) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, '99), Ms. Teplinsky has written and spoken extensively on cyberlaw issues.

Prior to joining American University Washington College of Law as an adjunct professor, Ms. Teplinsky practiced cyberlaw at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she counseled leading financial services, telecommunications, and other multinational clients on a wide array of issues including cybersecurity, data protection, and electronic surveillance.

Ms. Teplinsky has worked on information technology policy issues in the Executive Office of the President (dividing her time between OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Information Technology Branch and the Office of Science and Technology Policy). At EOP, Ms. Teplinsky reviewed proposed federal information technology legislation, and worked on digital intellectual property initiatives, authentication, encryption, PKI and privacy issues. Ms. Teplinsky also has worked at NIST's Computer Security Laboratory and SAIC's Center for Information Strategy and Policy.

Ms. Teplinsky began her career in 1991 as an analyst at the National Security Agency (NSA) and continued her technical work at the Institute for Defense Analyses' Center for Communications Research, a federally-funded research and development center supporting NSA's mission.

Ms. Teplinsky is a Harry Truman National Scholarship recipient (1995) and served as a law clerk to the honorable Judge Rya W. Zobel in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1999-2000 Term).

Currently Teaching

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1999 (cum laude)
  • A.B., Princeton University 1996 (cum laude)